Impact players set to return, others set to miss, as Victory look to spoil Kuol’s farewell.

He may have been dealt another injury blow on the eve of his side’s visit to the Central Coast, but Melbourne Victory A-League Men boss Tony Popovic is looking forward to bringing stability to his lineup in the coming weeks as several high-profile reinforcements return.  After missing round nine with what was cited as an … More Impact players set to return, others set to miss, as Victory look to spoil Kuol’s farewell.

Aloisi hoping to tap into a strong Western United spine against Roar

As nascent signs that his side is shaking off its championship hangover and beginning to find its feet slowly emerge, Western United coach John Aloisi is banking on a strong, and healthy, spine to take his team to another level. Heading into 2022-23 after being crowned champions of the A-League Men in just their third … More Aloisi hoping to tap into a strong Western United spine against Roar

Pollicina sparks City to A-League Women win over Glory

It took around 45 minutes for them to find their groove, but Melbourne City has continued their strong start to the A-League Women season by downing Perth Glory 1-0 at AAMI Park on Tuesday evening.  Kept largely at bay by a combination of their indecisiveness and some dogged Glory defending across the opening 45 minutes, … More Pollicina sparks City to A-League Women win over Glory

Melbourne City finds some semblance of familiarity: winning A-League Men games.

There’s a level of comfort that can be taken from the familiar, the safety blanket of things going according to some grand cosmic plan in an otherwise sea of chaos. Melbourne City, for instance, win games of football. It’s what they’ve been doing for a while now and on Tuesday afternoon, they did it again: … More Melbourne City finds some semblance of familiarity: winning A-League Men games.

1-0 wins, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Smash and Grab

Don’t look now, but Western United might be back on their whole ‘winning 1-0 thing’. You know, that grind-it-out style of football that was never pretty, but that helped deliver them an A-League Men championship last season. Certainly, their 1-0 Boxing Day win over Melbourne Victory bore all the hallmarks of their form from a … More 1-0 wins, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Smash and Grab

Western United and Melbourne Victory play a football match, which should feel as momentous as it does

And so, Melbourne Victory played a football match. Not that shocking, really, given that we’re at round nine of the 2022-23 A-League Men season and they’re one of the clubs that compete in it. But given what has transpired over the past week, from the moment that a mass of its supporters spilled over the … More Western United and Melbourne Victory play a football match, which should feel as momentous as it does

City set to welcome back high-powered trio in ALW

The rich are getting richer in the A-League Women, with top-of-the-table Melbourne City set to welcome back a trio of highly-credentialed reinforcements for their Tuesday evening clash with Perth Glory at AAMI Park.  Matildas’ defenders Emma Checker and Karly Roestbakken, and New Zealand international striker Hannah Wilkson have all been named in coach Dario Vidosic’s … More City set to welcome back high-powered trio in ALW

Popovic hoping to restore smiles after pitch invaders ‘hurt football, hurt Melbourne Victory, and hurt our code’

Generally in football clubs confronted by a period of upheaval, the line is that they’re blocking out the outside noise and only focusing on themselves, especially if the crisis doesn’t originate in the football department. But after the week that Melbourne Victory has had, A-League Men coach Tony Popovic admits that it’s been impossible to … More Popovic hoping to restore smiles after pitch invaders ‘hurt football, hurt Melbourne Victory, and hurt our code’

City and Victory prepare for a Christmas Derby dripping in emotion, just not the kind anyone had anticipated

By Joey Lynch Derbies, the prevailing wisdom goes, are about more than just a football match. They’re supposed to be about pride, belonging, and the desire to represent your tribe against that most contemptible of foes: a familiar one. Eleven players on the field take on the added responsibility of not just needing to win … More City and Victory prepare for a Christmas Derby dripping in emotion, just not the kind anyone had anticipated

“I understand the fans and agree” – Popovic backs fan anger over A-Leagues grand final controversy

By Joey Lynch Melbourne Victory coach Tony Popovic has backed supporter anger over the A-Leagues’ decision to stage its next three grand finals in Sydney, saying that he “understands” plans to walk out of this weekend’s Melbourne Derby in protest of the decision and that he hopes the move can be reversed.  Controversy and fan … More “I understand the fans and agree” – Popovic backs fan anger over A-Leagues grand final controversy